Kemah Tinggi is tucked away in Seseh, a quiet traditional seaside village surrounded by lush green rice fields. Volcanoes emerge dramatically from the early morning mist, the surf pounds the rugged black sand beach, and the village goes about its day to the chorus of cockerels and cheerful voices. This is one of Bali's most seductive hideaways.

If you are particularly lucky, your stay will coincide with one of the special festivals in which villagers from miles around converge on the important temple at Seseh to perform cleansing rituals at the beach. These days are truly spectacular - men and boys arrive in white traditional dress whilst women and girls, with brightly coloured lace tops and intricately arranged hair, carry huge towers of fruit, leaves and flowers as offerings. Kemah Tinggi is at once a part of this vibrancy and also an oasis, an island unto itself. It is an exotic, exclusive and refreshing retreat from the demands of your everyday life.

The villa is a world away from the bustle of Kuta and the glamour of Seminyak, although those in need of a fix can be there in 25 minutes in the chauffeured car at their disposal. The mystical temple perched on a rock in the sea at Tanah Lot is just 15 minutes away, as is the golf course at Pan Pacific Nirwana, which is consistently voted the best in S.E. Asia. Other popular tourist destinations like Ubud and Kintamani are all within easy reach.

Although guests will no doubt find it hard to resist discovering the shopping, dining and sights elsewhere on the island - as well they should - there is nothing more enticing than returning to Kemah Tinggi and its staff at the end of a long hot day. Enjoy a relaxing massage, a dip in the pool, or savour a cool drink as the sun sets, the candles begin to flicker and you contemplate the delicious dinner that lies ahead. Relax - you're home.

Tanah Lot 15 minutes (excellent markets, historic sea temple, iconic sunset views; world-class Greg Norman designed Nirwana golf course)
Seminyak 20 minutes (boutiques, spas, restaurants and bars)
Ubud 45 minutes (art galleries and crafts; spas)
Kediri 15 minutes (local town off the tourist trail; interesting batik shop)
Airport 40 minutes (Denpasar)